Tag Archives: Pop

Pinsky – “Losing Touch” [NEW MUSIC]

There’s a sound I always find myself craving when fall comes around.  I don’t know if it’s the echo of good times associated with Halloween and birthdays and homecoming or if it’s just the chill that sinks into my bones that reminds me that I need a little vacation from the sweet, jangly sounds of the past few months.

Whatever the case, Pinsky hits the spot.  Their bio claims their debut is a summer record, but I would beg to differ.  The gruff vocals (split three ways!) and spiky riffs hammer home best over a dull October moon, not sparkling mid-summer sun.  It’s a little post – everything: hardcore, punk and pop, mixing genres till they break and form something fresh.  Like hooks?  Check out the lead single “Losing Touch.”  Like dense instrumentation?  Borderline jazzy guitar riffs?  Closer “States” has you covered.

Their video for lead single “Losing Touch” makes the most of a clever idea on a small budget.  I particularly love the detail of the “can-delier” hanging in the center of the performance space.  Check it out:

Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

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Paulie Pesh – “Making of a Song: Shining Stars” [VIDEO]

Paulie Pesh

Paulie Pesh is complex LA folk band whose albums Shining Stars and Post Mortem enchant you with their comfortable yet creative harmonies, and delight you with their array of instruments (including the violin, viola, trumpet and clarinet). In addition to Paulie Pesh and his wife (Cristal Peshkepia – backup vocals), band members include Philip Roosevelt (electric guitar), Philip Glenn (violin), Jazmin Rampas (violin), Yena Lee (viola), Marissa Peshkepia (clarinet), Adam Portocarreo (trumpet), and Jason Chavez (bass), among others.

According to Pesh, after returning from a two-month tour with his wife in the summer of 2010 he became excited by incorporating brass, woodwinds, and strings into his music.  In order to create such complex pop songs he had to recruit family and friends.  Explaining the logistics of the band Paulie says, “We actually have anywhere from 8-14 players to be accurate. I rely on friends, family and new talent and just whoever I can get. I usually just send out a mass text or e-mail and just sort of wait for a response. It’s worked out great that way. There are so many committed people to this project. That is another reason why it works.”

Paulie Pesh Post Mortem

Chris Schlarb produced their newest EP Post Mortem. The new tracks orbit in the galaxy of stars such as Paul Simon and Randy Newman, and the title song sways amid horns, keys and plucked strings.  Check out the video by Paulie, Making of a Song: Shining Stars to get a feel for the look and sound of this talented new band.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Format – Dog Problems [VIDEO]

Narrative: A forlorn hand gets his heart broken and searches for love.

Performance: None.  Well, the hand sings.  And plays trumpet.

Song: The title track of The Format’s second and last album, “Dog Problems,” is a masterpiece of orchestral indie pop that could just as easily be part of a musical as it could the soundtrack to a Zach Braff film.

Why You Should Watch It: It’s simple, cute, and smartly done on what was probably a non-existent budget.  It doesn’t look great, but it doesn’t have to.  It nails a homemade look that Spike Jonze or early Gondry would be proud of.  The visual gags come in rapid succession, some commenting on the song, others illustrating it

They followed up this by dressing their hands and knocking out a sock puppet video:

The band called it quits soon after “Dog Problems” was released in 2008, but fans of the sprawling sound can find plenty to love in singer/songwriter Nate Ruess’ follow-up project fun. (who just released a new single on their Facebook).

Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

Graffiti6 Live at House of Blues in San Diego, CA [PHOTOS]

Graffiti6 Live at House of Blues in San Diego, CA

Graffiti6– “Annie You Save Me (Dr. Rosen Rosen Remix)” Available for free download through graffiti6.com

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Photography By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

“Face The Rain.” New Video from UK pop group First Place.

First place is the new pop urban group made up of three talented individuals residing in Bristol. Singer, rapper and songwriter Yomi started the group after performing with 20 year old rapper and Urban Music Award Winner Frenzee locally and as far away as Glasgow. Singer/ songwriter and ex-stage school Grade-A student Allegra was originally a fan of Frenzee’s music but is now a group member she brings balance and sweetness to the group with her soulful pop tones. Following on from the buzz First Place started with their first promo single Best Of Me, they are now back with their second promo single Face The Rain. Even though the band is currently completely independent, that hasn’t stopped them from impressing the likes of Alecia Dixon when they recently supported her, leading her to tweet about how great they were and their music was. Often playing to over 3000 kids, under-18 events, and corporate live performances, First Place have been slowly and independently building their fanbase by doing school tours and PAs across the UK. A nationwide school tour is planned for September 2011. First Place recently released their second video to single, “Face the Rain.” Enjoy.

As aforementioned, First Place’s break-out hit was their single “Best of Me” which started creating buzz around the top of the year. It is always a pleasure find a group that provides a clean, positive example for the younger generations. However, don’t expect to find any Barney sing-a-longs. Do expect to find a soulful vibes, positive lyrics, and wholesome entertainment.

kyle c. stilley | marketing strategist | @stillz | music without labels & beat-play, llc

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN [SHOW/NEW MUSIC]

After sweating for a couple hours at The National Folk Festival last Saturday, I decided to head over to Centennial Park where Nashville was kicking off its free fall concert series called Musicians Corner.  Two events in one day?  Well, three actually.  I ended up going to another concert later that night, but I haven’t written about that yet.  Musicians Corner featured seven bands from 3pm to 6pm on a medium-sized stage with a decent turnout of a few hundred people at its height.  The artists that played this week were The CO, Metro Parks Jamband, Andrew Osenga, Foxes Have Foxholes, Damien Horne, Striking Matches, and Attwater.

I arrived a little late and missed The CO open up with their set, so I’ll have to catch them at another event in the future.  I did get there just in time to hear Metro Parks Jamband finish up their set with a funky sax and guitar duet.  Next up was American singer/songwriter Andrew Osenga.  He was formerly the lead singer for The Normals and is a member of the band Caedmon’s Call.  His performance on Saturday took place as part of his solo career, for which he has released four albums.  The bands rhythms and tones were super tight, and the crowd really took to his music.  After Andrew Osenga, Foxes Have Foxholes took the stage and played an acoustic set with just two of their members.  The pop rock duo serenaded listeners with a short set of a few songs that they will hopefully be performing live at their next show as a full band tonight at 12th & Porter.

The next act was Damien Horne, a pop-rock soul artist from Nashville.  Also known as Mista D, Damien has collaborated and performed with Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, John Legend, 3 Doors Down, Hank Williams Jr., Faith Hill, Robert Randolf, Jewel, Velvet Revolver, and more.  Damien is working with John Legend who when asked about Damien said, “I’ve been working with this guy who is based in Nashville, his name is Damien Horne, he’s good.  Look out for him, he’s a good song-writer and performer.  He plays the guitar too.”  You can get some free downloads of his music on his website.  Check out this video of Damien Horne performing “Sacrifice” live at The Rutledge.

I posted an article two months ago about a blues duo called Striking Matches.  They were the next band to play at Musicians Corner and they were a huge hit.  Performing as a duo with their acoustic guitars, Justin and Sarah had a great set showcasing their clever songwriting, tight harmonies, and ripping solos.  Like I said before, this is a Nashville band that you want to keep close tabs on because of their huge potential.  The last band to perform was Attwatter.

Attwater is a country band from Sacramento, CA that signed with the independent production company and label, Twenty Ten Music in December of 2010.  They were discovered through Twitter by Grammy Award-winning producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot), the Sr. VP of A&R for Twenty Ten Music.  Check out this official music video of Attwater’s first single called “Never Gonna Happen.”

You can download the song for free at http://www.attwatermusic.com/.  Attwater’s foundations lie with Erika Attwater and Jonathan Richards, the duo songwriting team that first started the band.  Their discovery occurred after they played their first set of tunes in the Northern California Area.  With a good product and intentional use of social networks, Attwater was picked up by Charlie Peacock and the band was on its way to having a beast of a debut project.  The recordings include co-writes and musicians from some really great teams that have produced music for Carrie Underwood, Sixpence None The Richer, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Lady Antebellum, and more.  Attwater’s music combines modern country with bluegrass flavors and classic rock roots.  Keep an eye on the country charts for this band and stay tuned for an article on next week’s Musician’s Corner!

By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Purity Ring – Belispeak [NEW MUSIC]

Purity Ring - Belispeak

Don’t be thrown by the band name, because Purity Ring is the truth. It seems like only a month ago that we were bumpin’ the latest from this electronic duo with the release of their Lofticries single, but time sure flys by and with 5 months having gone by we hear more! This music is the real deal, and growing quickly throughout the internet pushing them forward in their current North American tour going through October with 18 more cities to go. But the focus here is really around the incredible vibe of their latest release “Belispeak”, which perfectly captures the intricate experimental production Purity Ring has delivered in the past. I’m definitely in favor of an upbeat tempo in music so I am going to have to say this new track is at the top in my book for this group. Hopefully, with the release of a bit more music we could really see a strong push from Purity Ring at the end of this year. Lookout for the track on a 7″ to be released in October with Braids. Have a listen for yourself and be the judge:

If you have not had the privilege of hearing previous Purity Ring tracks, not a problem, because we can provide those for you as well. This is going to be a new sound you’re going to want to pay attention to in the coming months. It’d be best if you checked out Lofticries first because that was the first track that turned me onto this New York sensation. The group can be found at a number of areas like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

 

Chianosky – “Sick Sick” [VIDEO]

Chianosky

Eighteen year old Chianosky has just released her catchy radio single, Sick-Sick.  Labeled as neo-jazz, the track has influences of electronic, jazz and pop.  I’m excited to see what lies ahead for this multi-talented musician.  She fell in love with music at the age of 10 and pursued her dream by transferring to The National Academy of the Arts to study contemporary music, while modeling for Star Model Management.  Originally from Cape Town, but now residing in Johannesburg, Chianosky is a promising young artist, I hope to hear many more tracks like Sick-Sick on the airwaves in South Africa and abroad.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Caleb Hawley – Harlem, NY [NEW MUSIC]

Caleb Hawley is a pop folk artist from New York that brings more than catchy melodies and incredible talent to his music.  Caleb combines soul and passion into his music to surround his voice, humor, and songwriting.  After seeing him play this spring, I was hooked.  That’s because his intricate guitar playing and incredible sense for melody and groove in songs is far above average.  Hawley continues to impress people with his music by receiving honors in the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010).  He has written and produced three albums in his career as a songwriter, and he continues to tour the country playing a variety of venues and festivals.

The real inspiration to be a songwriter came after Caleb graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition.  He then decided to fully pursue his passion and moved to New York City.  He has since shared the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain.  Caleb Hawley can cover a wide range of music because of his talent and influences.  While one song may seem as relaxed as James Taylor, another may capture the soul and passion from a singer like Stevie Wonder.  Add riffs and rhythms that you might find in music like John Mayer or Dave Matthews, and you have Caleb Hawley.  Seeing him perform was definitely one of my favorite shows in the last six months.  He gave his audience energy, joy, and laughter from the first song to the last.

Caleb Hawley may have talents like some other artists mentioned above, but he has his own original style and sound.  He is an outstanding guitarist that is capable of producing riffs rarely heard by his contemporaries.  You can tell he hears the whole song when he writes it because the feel is so dialed in.  From his first album titled “Greatest Hits” to his latest “We All Got Problems,” you will hear the cleverness and the excellence that is Caleb Hawley.  From personally purchasing and listening to his second album “Steps,” I definitely recommend that you check him out.  Listen to Caleb Hawley’s music and see his tour schedule here.

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Mansions – “City Don’t Care” [VIDEO]

Narrative: Nada.

Performance: Somewhere in there.  I think he’s singing to the ocean?  Maybe he’s in love with a mermaid.

Song: Chill.  Sad.  Probably good winter music.

Why You Should Watch It: The dizzying cross-fades make this one to watch under the influence.  Which influence doesn’t matter, as long as you’re not hitting the point where you’re wheeling around to keep your balance.  Simple, effective camera work and long, slow dissolves emphasize the song’s confusion and sadness, while the beach – bound location emphasizes the chorus of the song.  The city don’t care, so why not just head somewhere else?

By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC